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Issue #235 | 26 February 2015

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Editor's Note
Shaping the 2015 Outcome(s)
Many of the events discussed in this issue of Linkages Update helped identify the broad outlines of the possible outcomes from key events in 2015. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Connecting the Dots Between Development, Biodiversity, and Climate Change
Last fall, two major international meetings on intertwined topics, biodiversity and climate change, occurred back-to-back. More.
Caroline Petersen, Senior Technical Advisor and Head of UNDP's Biodiversity Programme

Policy Brief
2014 Sustainable Energy Year in Review
Events during 2014 left little doubt that sustainable energy, long thought to be a luxury of the wealthy or technology for the future, is fast entering the mainstream. More.
Chad Monfreda, Content Editor and Thematic Expert for Sustainable Energy (US), and Virginia Wiseman, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (US)

Loss and Damage: The Road to Paris and Beyond
While the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol do not address the injurious consequences of climate change, loss and damage has been under negotiation in the international climate process for many years. More.
Elena Kosolapova, Ph.D., Content Editor for Climate Change Policy and Adaptation (Russia/Netherlands)

New Reports and Resources
Africa's Adaptation Gap 2: Bridging the gap – mobilizing sources

Clean Air and Healthy Lungs

Building Cross-cutting Skills and Landscape Knowledge for Effective Youth Leadership

China, the MDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Fossil-Fuel Subsidies and Climate Change: Options for Policy-Makers within Their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective

Climate Change Complicates Efforts to End Poverty

IISD RS' Policy & Practice Knowledgebases
Natural Reources
Sustainable Development
Climate Change
Sustainable Energy
Chemicals and Wastes
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
African Regional Coverage
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage

Latest News
Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration

20 February 2015: The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. More.

Photo: Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning

UNFCCC Parties Agree on Negotiating Text for 2015 Agreement

13 February 2015: At the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-8), delegates agreed on a text that will serve as the basis for negotiating a new climate change agreement. This new agreement is anticipated to be adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. More.

Photo: COP 20 President and Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and incoming COP 21 President and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Interlaken+10 Draws Lessons from Progress in Forest Governance

6 February 2015: In support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), the Governments of Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine organized a country-led initiative focusing on forest governance and decentralization, taking stock of progress since the first Interlaken meeting, which convened in 2004. More.

Photo: Participants attended a field trip to Lauterbrunnen - Murren: A walk in the snow with glimpses at the landscape.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Expert Meeting Discusses Extractives' Role in Inclusive, Sustainable Growth

High-Level Panel to Prepare Study on Technology Bank for LDCs

Climate Agreement, Post-2015 Development Need Each Other, Say Experts and Officials

UNESCO Senior Managers Discuss Fit-for-Purpose Initiative

Sustainable Energy
European Commission Launches Strategy for Energy Union with Climate Change Policy

IRENA, SICA Workshop Advances Central America Clean Energy Corridor

Workshop Explores Mainstreaming Energy SDGs in Latin America

Southern African Utilities Develop Efficient Lighting, Appliances and Equipment Roadmap

Fatih Birol Named Next IEA Executive Director

Efficient Lighting Workshop Identifies Policy Options for ASEAN

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy

Indonesia and the Philippines Reinforce Commitments to CTI-CFF, Sustainable Fisheries

CIFOR Unveils Wetlands Protection Toolbox for Policy Makers and Practitioners

Post-2015 Development Agenda
ECOSOC Segment Discusses UN Positioning for Post-2015

UNGA President Highlights Proposals from Debate on Post-2015 MOI

UN Human Rights Experts Call for Including Persons with Disabilities in SDGs

High-Level Event Explores Means of Implementation Priorities for FfD3, Post-2015 Processes

Biodiversity and Wildlife
International Forum Urges Adoption of Climate-Smart Agriculture, Agro-Ecology

CBD Secretariat Calls for Input on New and Emerging Issues, Climate Change-Related Matters

TEEB Holds Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Implementation in China

EU and GBIF Launch Project to Mobilize Biodiversity Data Collection

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Palm Oil Certification in Indonesia Extended to Smallholders

PFII Urges World Bank to Improve Consultation with Indigenous Peoples

ILC Synthesis Responds to Revised World Bank Environmental and Social Safeguards Framework

Drylands Monitoring Week Establishes Network for Sustainable Management of Drylands

Climate and Atmosphere
OECD Projects 290% Increase in Freight Transport Emissions by 2050

UNSG Updates Membership on Climate Negotiations

CCAC Meeting Opens in Kathmandu, Welcomes New Members

IPCC Session Informed of Chair's Resignation, Agenda Focuses on Panel's Future

Africa Conference Reaffirms Need for Meteorological, Hydrological Services

GCOS, IPCC, UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Observations to Support Adaptation

Asia-Pacific Countries to Jointly Address Hydro-Meteorological Disasters

Business Coalition Calls for Net-Zero Emissions Well Before 2100

Chemicals Management
UNEP Partnership Urges Lower Nitrogen, Phosphorus Inputs

UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Input on Access to Information on Hazardous Wastes

Trade, Finance & Investment
UNCTAD Event Discusses Linkages among Trade, SDGs, Climate

Member States Discuss Role of Trade in Post-2015 Agenda

G20 Finance Ministers Express Support for FfD, Tackling Tax Avoidance

Key meetings in the next two weeks
E-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC Theme: 17 February - 17 March 2015. virtual

IPCC 41: 24-27 February 2015. Nairobi, Kenya

Sustainable Land Management Week: 24-27 February 2015. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Expert Group Meeting on the Indicator Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 25-26 February 2015. New York City, US

Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: Making Them Work for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 27 February 2015. New York City, US

UN Statistics Division Seminar on Nationally Owned Monitoring System for SDGs: 27 February 2015. New York City, US

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day: 3 March 2015. worldwide

46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission: 3-6 March 2015. New York City, US

High-Level Policy Dialogue on Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action on LDCs: 4-6 March 2015. Siem Reap, Cambodia

UNGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 6 March 2015. New York City, US

UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference: 9-12 March 2015. Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

IISD RS will cover the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNWCDRR-III),
from 14 to 18 March 2015, from Sendai, Japan


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